July 26, 2011

Loan program aims to fill empty houses

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
Spokesman staff

The statistics are sobering at best and it’s the statistics that garnered Redmond the chance at $1.6 million in federal funding to rescue foreclosed homes from dereliction and neighborhoods from blight.
Only three communities in Oregon were selected for the third round of Neighborhood Stabilization Funds, distributed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Redmond, Medford and Portland. Towns, and specific neighborhoods within them, were selected based on a formula of foreclosed homes, notices of default and lack of mail acceptance.
“In the first round of funding we purchased four bank-owned homes in Redmond, refurbished them and sold them to low-income families,” said Kelly Fisher, home ownership manager with Redmond-based Housing Works.
During the second round of funding the nonprofit purchased and remodeled a duplex in southwest Redmond that it intends to rent to low-income residents, targeting homeless or veteran applicants.
Housing Works and the city of Redmond, which is considered administrator for the funds, is waiting for final approval of round three funds from HUD, Fisher said, but that is considered a technicality.
The recently completed duplex is an example of what NSP funds are attempting to do across the country. Located in a hard-hit area of southwest Redmond, the multi-family unit was “pretty dilapidated and lived in hard,” according to Fisher. Housing Works installed flooring, repaired drywall, replaced missing appliances, landscaped and did general repair such as rescreening windows and doors.
“We paid $100,000 for the building and invested $30,000,” said Fisher. “We consider it ‘permanent supportive housing,’ meaning residents can live there as long as they need to.”
The third round of NSP funding will have a different focus, allowing local residents to purchase foreclosed homes with down payment assistance.
Income-qualified buyers (averaging $78,600 for family of four) can take advantage of a zero interest loan for the down payment, which must be repaid when the home is resold. The purchased homes have to be foreclosures and have to be located in specific areas of Redmond, roughly a narrow strip in south and northwest Redmond, west of the Dry Canyon.
“We think we can assist about 22 families in Redmond with this program,” said Fisher. “But people shouldn’t go shopping for the homes just yet.”
First, Housing Works is working to educate local lenders about the program.
“Round One was really hectic,” said Fisher. “We’re trying to make sure everyone understands how the program works this time.”
Fisher advises interested buyers to start talking to lenders and get prequalified for a loan. Meanwhile, she’ll be busy talking to banks and other mortgage holders.
“I’m not worried about having enough qualified buyers (for the program), I’m worried about having enough properties ready to go,” said Fisher “I don’t know if it’s paperwork issue or what but there are a lot of foreclosed properties that aren’t listed with MLS (multiple listing service) yet.”
With luck, after final approval and contract agreements, Housing Works hopes to have the program awarding its first loans by the end of 2011. HUD rules say 50 percent of the funds need to be spent by 2013 but Fisher said Housing Works is hoping to work much faster than that – whichever community distributes its funds first has the chance at more money.
The grant program is a reimbursement type: the city of Redmond must front the loans then get repaid by HUD. As money returns to the program, it can be loaned out again, said Fisher.
“This is a really neat deal. Lots of times subsidies help one person then go away. We could recycle this money for years to come in Redmond.”

Event calendar

7/27 Wednesday
OREGON ALCOHOL SERVER PERMIT TRAINING: Meets the minimum requirements by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to obtain the alcohol server permit. Registration required; $35; 9 a.m.; Abby’s Pizza, 1938 S. U.S. Highway 97, Redmond; 541-447-6384 or www.happyhourtraining.com.
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
MUSIC ON THE GREEN: Featuring Big Band music by the Notables Swing Band; food vendors available; free; 6-7:30 p.m.; Sam Johnson Park, Southwest 15th Street, Redmond; 541-923-5191 or redmondsummerconcerts.com.
 7/28 Thursday
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
MUNCH & MUSIC: Event includes a performance by ska swing band Cherry Poppin Daddies, food and arts and crafts booths, children’s area and more; dogs prohibited; free; 5:30 p.m.; Drake Park, 777 N.W. Riverside Blvd., Bend; www.munchandmusic.com.
 CENTRAL OREGON WRITERS GUILD MEETING: Building 3 Room 309, poet John Sibley Williams speaks; free; 6:30-9 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Redmond campus, 2030 S.E. College Loop, Redmond; 541-923-0896, elsiemariewrites@gmail.com or www.CentralOregonWritersGuild.com.
 7/29 Friday
REDMOND FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Vendors sell a selection of produce, cheese, breads, coffee, meat, eggs, poultry and more; free admission; 3-7 p.m.; Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. U.S. Highway 97; 541-604-5156 or redmondfridaymarket@gmail.com.
CHRISTOPHER LEEBRICK PRESENTATION: Part of “One World, Many Stories,” Leebrick uses the harmonica, flute and a flexible voice to teach and entertain. All ages welcome; 4 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
 7/30 Saturday
STORYTELLING FESTIVAL: Stories brought to life by award-winning performers through voice, unique talents, audience participation, humor and creativity. All ages welcome. Admission is by free ticket, available at all Deschutes public libraries July 16; 1 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-617-7099.
 7/31 Sunday
SUMMER SUNDAY CONCERT: The Americana act The David Mayfield Parade performs; free; 2:30 p.m.; Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend; 541-322-9383 or www.bendconcerts.com.
 8/2 Tuesday
REDMOND FARMERS MARKET: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Centennial Park, Seventh Street and Evergreen Avenue; 541-550-0066 or www.localharvest.org/redmond-farmers-market-M31522.
TUESDAY MARKET AT EAGLE CREST: Free admission; 2-6 p.m.; Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-633-9637 or info@sustainableflame.com.
ARTWORK UNVEILING & FUNDRAISER: Jennifer Lake painting unveiling. Lake will be on hand to autograph purchased prints during the event. Light refreshments will be served; free; 6 p.m.; Humane Society of Redmond, 1355 N.E. Hemlock Ave.; 541-923-0882.
 8/3 Wednesday
DESCHUTES COUNTY FAIR: The annual event includes rides, exhibits, food, games and more; $10, $6 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and younger and 62 and older; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711 or www.expo.deschutes.org.
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
MUSIC IN THE CANYON: Hangar 52, Central Oregon’s classic rock band, performs. Food vendors available; 5:30-8 p.m.; Redmond Rotary Arts Pavilion, American Legion Park, 850 S.W. Rimrock Way; 541-504-6878.
DESCHUTES COUNTY RODEO: Northwest Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned performance features riding, roping, tying and more; free with admission to the Deschutes County Fair; 6:30 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711 or www.expo.deschutes.org.
THE GUESS WHO: The rock group performs; free with fair admission and ticket (available from 105.7 FM or McDonalds); 7 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711 or www.expo.deschutes.org.
 8/4 Thursday
DESCHUTES COUNTY FAIR: The annual event includes rides, exhibits, food, games and more; $10, $6 ages 62 and older, free ages 12 and younger; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711 or www.expo.deschutes.org.
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
MUNCH & MUSIC: Event includes a performance by swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, food and arts and crafts booths, children’s area and more; dogs prohibited; free; 5:30 p.m.; Drake Park, 777 N.W. Riverside Blvd., Bend; www.munchandmusic.com.
 AUTHOR PRESENTATION: William Sullivan talks about his book “Oregon Favorites: Trails and Tales”; with a slide show; free; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491.
DESCHUTES COUNTY RODEO: Northwest Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned performance features riding, roping, tying and more; free with admission to the Deschutes County Fair; 6:30 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711 or www.expo.deschutes.org.
CLAY WALKER: The country musician performs during the fair; free with fair admission and ticket (available from 102.9 FM or McDonalds); 7 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711 or www.expo.deschutes.org.
 8/5 Friday
DESCHUTES COUNTY FAIR: The annual event includes rides, exhibits, food, games and more; $10, $6 ages 6-12 and 62 and older, free ages 5 and younger; 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711 or www.expo.deschutes.org.
REDMOND FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Vendors sell a selection of produce, cheese, breads, coffee, meat, eggs, poultry and more; free admission; 3-7 p.m.; Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. U.S. Highway 97; 541-604-5156 or redmondfridaymarket@gmail.com.
FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District; free; 5-9 p.m.; throughout Bend.
LIBRARY ART COMMITTEE MEETING: Features the works of local artists. First Thursday of each month. New members always welcome; 5-6 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1064.
DESCHUTES COUNTY RODEO: Northwest Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned performance features riding, roping, tying and more; free with admission to the Deschutes County Fair; 7 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711 or www.expo.deschutes.org.
REO SPEEDWAGON: The rock band performs during the fair; free with fair admission and ticket (available from 105.7 FM or McDonalds); 7 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711 or www.expo.deschutes.org.
 8/6 Saturday
SUNRIVER QUILT SHOW AND SALE: The annual outdoor quilt show and sale features quilts and vendors; free; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Village at Sunriver, 57100 Beaver Drive; 541-593-3563 or www.mtnmeadowquilters.org.
DESCHUTES COUNTY FAIR: The annual event includes rides, exhibits, food, games and more; $10, $6 ages 6-12 and 62 and older, free ages 5 and younger; 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711 or www.expo.deschutes.org.
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS: The punk rock act performs during the fair; free with fair admission and ticket (available from 98.3 FM or McDonalds); 7 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711 or www.expo.deschutes.org.
DESCHUTES COUNTY RODEO: Northwest Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned performance features riding, roping, tying and more; free with admission to the Deschutes County Fair; 7:30 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711 or www.expo.deschutes.org.
 8/7 Sunday
DESCHUTES COUNTY FAIR: The annual event includes rides, exhibits, food, games and more; $5; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711 or www.expo.deschutes.org.
FIDDLERS JAM: Listen or dance at the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Jam; donations accepted; 1-3:30 p.m.; Pine Forest Grange, 63214 N.E. Boyd Acres Road, Bend; 541-447-7395.


Farm to Table dinner planned at Maragas
August’s Bounty – Slow Food High Desert’s 3rd annual Farm to Table Dinner will be held at Maragas Winery in Terrebonne on Aug. 14 at 5 p.m.
Once again, Central Oregon chefs and food producers will join talents to prepare a multicourse, regionally sourced meal – served under the High Desert sky. August’s Bounty has always sold out and the same enthusiasm is expected this year.
Volunteers are also being sought for the event. Contact Judith O’Keefe at slowfoodhighdesert@gmail.com for more details.


Women’s Spanish support group
The Latino Community Association will host a gathering for Spanish-speaking and bilingual women to meet new friends Wednesday, Aug. 17.
The group will meet in Sam Johnson Park in Redmond, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Kids’ dental clinics, free legal consultations, and medical insurance information are also provided by the association.
Call 541-693-3490 in Redmond or 541-382-4366 in Bend for more information.

Summer art classes
Arts Central in Bend offers a variety of classes for children and adults.
Choose from painting, drawing, working with clay, and so much more.
Class fees vary; call 541-617-1317 or visit www.artscentraloregon.org for more details.

RAPRD soccer and cheerleading signups
The registration deadline for fall soccer and fall soccer cheerleading is July 28 through the Redmond Area Park and Recreation District.
Fall soccer for pre-K through fourth grade begins in September. Kick, dribble and pass your way through the eight-week recreational soccer league. The season is Sept. 10 to Oct. 29. All games are played at the High Desert Sports Complex on Saturday with one or two practices per week depending on the volunteer coaches’ schedules. RAPRD provides players with shirts; parents need to provide shin guards and socks.
Fall soccer cheerleading for grades first through eighth runs concurrent with fall soccer and games on Saturday. Practices are one or two times per week depending on volunteer coaches’ schedules. PAYS orientation is required for both programs.
RAPRD 541-548-7275, or visit http://www.raprd.org/.

'Hard Times’ at BendPAC seeks cast
Bend Performing Arts Center (BendPAC) will hold auditions Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., for its first community production on the MainStage in September. Three males and three females will be cast.
BendPAC will be presenting an adaptation of the famous Studs Terkel book “Hard Times.” Using an all community cast, “Hard Times” will be the kickoff of a community-wide series of events BendPAC is orchestrating in conjunction with Redmond High School, focusing on the theme “Triumph of the Human Spirit.”
“Hard Times” looks at Depression-era America through the eyes of the people who lived it, and demonstrates how our spirit brings us together, neighbor helping neighbor, and allows us to persevere through the most difficult of times.
Auditioners may bring their own prepared monologue or cold read pieces from the play. Portions of the script will be available at the theater during the week leading up to the audition.
The Bend Performing Arts Center is located at 1155 S.W. Division St., #B-8; brad@innovationtw.org or call 541-977-5677.

Mount Hood open for summer fun
Mount Hood National Forest Zigzag Ranger District offers a wide variety of hikes, tours and education programs in August. All programs are free and open to the public. Call 503-622-2033 or visit  www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/ for more information.

COIC free employment workshops
Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council is offering free employment workshops in Redmond. The classes are held at COIC Redmond Worksource, 2158 S.E. College Loop, Building 2.
Participants should arrive 30 minutes early to register. For information call Gina at 541-504-2962.
July 27: 11 a.m., How to Fill Out an Online Job Application; 1:45 p.m., Strategies for Job Search.
July 28: 9 a.m., Interviewing (part 2); 11 a.m., Resumes (part 2); 1:45 p.m., Word (part 2); 3:15 p.m., Excel (part 2).
July 29: 9 a.m., Career Testing (part 2); 1:45 p.m., Resumes.
Aug. 1: 9 a.m., Career Testing; 1:45 p.m., Basic Computer Skills for Job Seekers.
Aug. 2: 9 a.m., How to Write a Resume/Cover Letter; 10:45 a.m., How to Interview for a Job; 1:45 p.m., Intro to Word; 3:15 p.m., Intro to Excel.

Obituaries

Marie Kreminski, of Redmond
July 5, 1923 - July 16, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend
541-318-0842; www.autumnfunerals.com
Services: Graveside service was held July 25 at the Willamette National Cemetery,Portland, Oregon.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care,
2075 N.E. Wyatt Court, Bend, Oregon 97701
.

Ruth Carol Hanson, of Redmond
Oct. 17, 1930 - July 22, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond
541-504-9485; www. autumnfunerals.net
Services: Graveside service Friday,  July 29, 2011, at , at Redmond Memorial Cemetery
3545 S. Canal Blvd., Redmond
.

Cindy Christine Kleffner, of Powell Butte
April 5, 1971 - July 14, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services were held  July 22, at Powell Butte Community Church, Powell Butte.

Holly Kristina Davis, of Redmond
Sept. 3, 1975 - July 22, 2011
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
541-548-3219; www.redmondmemorial.com
Services are pending.

Athena Marie Wolff, of Redmond
July 11, 2011 - July 15, 2011
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
541-548-3219; www.redmondmemorial.com
Services are pending.

Beverly Joyce Johnson, of Crooked River Ranch
June 29, 1935 - July 19, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
No services have been planned.

Daniel Hemperly Heierman Sr.
May 6, 1914 - July 18, 2011
Mr. Heierman, aged 97 years, passed away in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family. Dan was born May 6, 1914, on his parents’ ranch in Travis County, Texas. Raised on the ranch, he became a strong young man enabling him to play basketball for Texas Tech, were he graduated with a B.S. in Dairy Manufacturing and Animal Husbandry.
He married Aultice Allison on July 27, 1936. The couple moved in Ukiah, Calif., where he started his propane businesses. Dan and Aultice eventually moved to Central Oregon, where if you needed propane, you “bought it from Dan.”
 In 1960, Dan began his second career in real estate, retiring in 1992 to the farm. Dan was a three-time past master and longtime secretary of the Redmond Masonic Temple and a member of Al Kader.
He enjoyed coin collecting, hunting and fishing and the daily crossword puzzle.
Mr. Heierman is survived by his son, Dan Jr., of Redmond; grandchildren, Danielle, Shawn, Parris, Jennifer and Leah; great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Joseph, Sydney, Bo, Lee and Alex. He was preceded in death by his wife, Aultice; brother, Herman;  and his sister, Catherine.
Cryptside services under the auspices of the Redmond Masonic Temple will be held on Sunday, July 24, 2011, at , at Deschutes Memorial Mausoleum, 63872 N. Hwy 97, Bend.
Visitation will be held one hour before the service.
Please visit www.deschutesmemorialchapel.com to leave condolences and sign Dan’s guest book. 

Jason Lee Mooney
Nov. 12, 1972 - May 15, 2011
Jason Lee Mooney born   November 12, 1972, passed away May 15, 2011, from a severe asthma attack in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where he lived for the last 20 years.
He was born in Redmond, Oregon, and was in the graduating class of 1991.    
Jason loved the outdoors. While in Lake Tahoe, he caddied for Edgewood Golf Course, snowboarded, mountain biked and enjoyed life to the fullest.
He is survived by Clayton Mooney, Cindy Dickerson, Jessica Mooney, Verdan Fultz, Jennifer Demoran and Cassy Dickerson.

July 19, 2011

Never too late: Tale of Granville Plass

Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies congrates Leo Plass during the June 11 commencement, when the 99-year-old finally earned his college diploma. (submitted photo)
Leo Plass was almost late for his own graduation.
On the way out of Redmond his family stopped to take photos of Leo in front of a “Congratulations Leo” sign outside Terrebonne’s Sunspot Drive-in.
“So many people came out to say hi and talk to Leo I thought ‘Good grief, if this keeps up we’re not going to make it’,” recalled Greg Plass.
Every family is proud of its college graduate but in Leo’s case – the diploma coming 80 years after he attended the university – it’s a bit special.
It’s not often a nearly 100-year old earns a college degree and now that the Redmond man has a diploma from Eastern Oregon University tucked under his arm, the whole world seems to know it.
“Man who quit college in 1932 graduates at 99” touted the Huffington Post. “Oregon man, 99, gets college degree,” said Reuters. “Never too old to wear a cap and gown,” was broadcast on National Public Radio.
After a modest newspaper story was printed in La Grande, home of EOU, just prior to the June 11 ceremony – then picked up internationally – Leo was a star.
Plass’ road to fame began inauspicely enough, high in the Wallowas where his parents ran a mill, then later a 480-acre ranch.
The fifth child in the homesteading family, Plass – whose given name is Granville –  entered LaGrande’s Eastern Oregon Normal School in 1930, its second year, thinking to follow an older sister into teaching.
While there Plass worked numerous jobs to pay for school, including working at Foster Sim’s Texaco station in exchange for room and board. He joined the football and basketball squad (“never cared for baseball much”) and took his college friends into the mountains for fishing expeditions on weekends.
“I grew up taking pack horses into the mountains, hunting and fishing,” Plass said. His family’s ranch was largely self-sustaining, raising cattle, hogs, sheep, wheat and other grains. It had a five-acre vegetable garden that felt like 20 acres when the children had to work in it, Plass said with a laugh.
“We’d work all summer to fill our cellar for winter then in the spring it seemed like we’d pack a third of that out again to plow under in the garden.”
In his last year at Eastern Plass secured a job after graduation, teaching at a 20-student school near tiny Elgin. But the Depression had taken its toll on the LaGrande bank where he kept his savings, gleaned from his summer and school-year jobs.
“I lost nearly $400 when it
closed and didn’t have money for tuition,” Plass said. “But I was offered $150 a month from a logging outfit – I was only going to make $80 teaching – so I quit school a semester before graduation.”
The next 12 years took Plass all over the West – Utah, Colorado, numerous places in Idaho and Oregon. He picked tomatoes, drove truck, ran a logging skidder, repossessed cars, ran a credit agency, and owned a gas station and parking lot.
Around 1945 he and his wife Wanda – they married in 1938 during his time in Eugene – moved to Redmond, tired of the Willamette Valley rain.
Originally Plass did more logging, this time in the Sisters area. He bought 55 just west of Redmond’s borders  – which would later become Operation Santa Claus (aka “the Reindeer Ranch”) – where he built a simple cement block home for the couple, who never had children.
They did have horses, however, as many as six at a time, and it was the horses, and Plass’ burgeoning career as a contractor, that kept them busy.
Leo and Wanda Plass (center foreground) riding with the Redmond Saddle Club in the Deschutes County Fair, circa 1950s.

For the next 40-some years Plass built and remodeled homes, starting out modestly by buying a home in need of repair, moving into it with his wife, then making the upgrades himself and reselling, before moving onto the next project.
“I think I remodeled half the homes in Redmond before I was done,” he said. “No one else wanted that kind of work.” He eventually built new homes, even complete subdivisions, but always kept the small remodeling jobs on the side.
Finally about 10 years ago Plass – who celebrates 100 years Aug. 3 – called it quits on contracting work but he can hardly be called retired. He works every day in his impossibly tidy shop, building whimsical bird houses and other woodworking projects – for sale, not for fun.
When he can be persuaded to sit still he works on his photo projects: photos he took of his travels, landscape photos he admires and clips from calendars and magazines, historical photos he comes across in area publications. He frames them (in frames he built, of course) or files them in orderly albums, all notated and titled.
“He has a remarkable memory and such a rich life history,” said Greg Plass, Leo’s nephew. It was Greg who found out his uncle had never gotten his diploma and contacted Eastern.
“I thought maybe they’d look at his employment history and give him credit for his experiences so he could get his degree.”
When the news hit the world after graduation the phone would not stop ringing. BBC radio was initially unable to reach Plass because his message machine was full. His landlady Judy Servo said Leo seemed pleased with the attention but was a bit overwhelmed – and more than a bit annoyed to have to wait by the phone for interviews when he had work to do.
Linda McCarthy from Sunspot Drive-in, Plass’ favorite hangout, even brought her laptop out to show him how many times he was mentioned on the Internet.
“The commencement was great,” said Greg Plass. “Leo got his diploma first then stood in the receiving line with the university president; all the students shook his hand or hugged him. He got a standing ovation and was very gracious about it. Said it was the best vacation he ever had.”

-- story by Leslie Pugmire Hole

Event calendar

7/20 Wednesday
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
MUSIC IN THE CANYON: DSP Band performs. Local guitar hero David Miller and his merry band of rockers mix original and classic rock. Food vendors available; 5:30-8 p.m.; Redmond Rotary Arts Pavilion, American Legion Park, 850 S.W. Rimrock Way; 541-504-6878.

7/21 Thursday
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
TEEN THURSDAY, GAME DAY: Video and board games. Snacks provided. Grades 6-12. Third Thursday of each month is teen day; 2-4 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
MUNCH & MUSIC: Event includes a performance by reggae act Rootz Underground, food and arts and crafts booths, children’s area and more; dogs prohibited; free; 5:30 p.m.; Drake Park, 777 N.W. Riverside Blvd., Bend; www.munchandmusic.com.

7/22 Friday
REDMOND FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Vendors sell a selection of produce, cheese, breads, coffee, meat, eggs, poultry and more; free admission; 3-7 p.m.; Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. U.S. Highway 97; 541-604-5156 or redmondfridaymarket@gmail.com.
 MUSIC IN THE CANYON: Lewi Longmire Band from Portland performs Americana music. Food vendors available; 5:30-8 p.m.; Redmond Rotary Arts Pavilion, American Legion Park, 850 S.W. Rimrock Way; 541-504-6878.
DOG PARK: Ribbon cutting celebration at Redmond’s Weigand Dog Park, corner of Southwest Antler and 15th; 4 p.m.; treats for two-legged and four-legged visitors; 602-300-1517.
 AUTHOR PRESENTATION: Kim McCarrel talks about her book “More Oregon Trails and Horse Camps,” with a slide show; free; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491.
MISTY MAMAS: The bluegrass act performs during the Wild Trails Horse Expo; $12 in advance, $15 at the door; 7 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m.; Brasada Ranch, 16986 S.W. Brasada Ranch Road, Powell Butte; 541-447-8165 or www.wildtrailshorseexpo.com.

7/23 Saturday
SPAGHETTI FEED: Fundraising dinner and silent auction for Rick Gribling; 5-8 p.m.; Redmond Grange, 707 S.W. Kalama Ave.; $6.50 or $25 for family of four or more; children under 10 free; proceeds go to Rick’s medical expenses; 541-548-1232.
SISTERS ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Featuring arts, crafts, food, entertainment, a classic car cruise in and a silent auction; proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon; free; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Creekside Park, U.S. Highway 20 and Jefferson Avenue; 541-549-8905.
PINK MARTINI: The cosmopolitan pop band performs; $33 or $63 reserved, plus fees; 6:30 p.m., doors open 5 p.m.; Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend; 541-318-5457 or www.bendconcerts.com.
STAND UP AGAINST HUNGER: A comedy show featuring comedians from ComedyCore of Bend; proceeds benefit NeighborImpact’s food bank; $23; 8-10 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.

7/24 Sunday
SISTERS ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Featuring arts, crafts, food, entertainment and a silent auction; proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon; free; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Creekside Park, U.S. Highway 20 and Jefferson Avenue; 541-549-8905.
SUMMER SUNDAY CONCERT: The reggae/pop act Franchot Tone performs; free; 2:30 p.m.; Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend; 541-322-9383 or www.bendconcerts.com.

7/26 Tuesday
REDMOND FARMERS MARKET: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Centennial Park, Seventh Street and Evergreen Avenue; 541-550-0066 or www.localharvest.org/redmond-farmers-market-M31522.
ADVENTURE CORPS: Weekly Creative Program for ages 6-11. Tour the world through stories, games and crafts; 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
TUESDAY MARKET AT EAGLE CREST: Free admission; 2-6 p.m.; Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-633-9637 or info@sustainableflame.com.

7/27 Wednesday
OREGON ALCOHOL SERVER PERMIT TRAINING: Meets the minimum requirements by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to obtain the alcohol server permit. Registration required; $35; 9 a.m.; Abby’s Pizza, 1938 S. U.S. Highway 97, Redmond; 541-447-6384 or www.happyhourtraining.com.
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
MUSIC ON THE GREEN: Featuring Big Band music by the Notables Swing Band; food vendors available; free; 6-7:30 p.m.; Sam Johnson Park, Southwest 15th Street, Redmond; 541-923-5191 or redmondsummerconcerts.com.

7/28 Thursday
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.

7/29 Friday
REDMOND FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Vendors sell a selection of produce, cheese, breads, coffee, meat, eggs, poultry and more; free admission; 3-7 p.m.; Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. U.S. Highway 97; 541-604-5156 or redmondfridaymarket@gmail.com.

8/2 Tuesday
REDMOND FARMERS MARKET: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Centennial Park, Seventh Street and Evergreen Avenue; 541-550-0066 or www.localharvest.org/redmond-farmers-market-M31522.
TUESDAY MARKET AT EAGLE CREST: Free admission; 2-6 p.m.; Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-633-9637 or info@sustainableflame.com.

8/3 Wednesday
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.

Folk festival organizers to host lawn concerts
The back concert lawn at the Sisters Art Works building has been renovated, and in celebration Sisters Folk Festival Inc. will be hosting two “Summer Concerts on the Lawn.”
The first show, July 29, will be free to the public and feature the band Whiskey Rebellion from Virginia.
“We want to show our gratitude to the community and our patrons by offering a free show to say thanks,” said Brad Tisdel, Sisters Folk Festival executive director, in a news release. “Whiskey Rebellion will be a fun, upbeat bluegrass and alt country show appropriate to all ages.”
The second show, and the official Sisters Art Works kickoff, will be on Aug. 8, and will showcase returning SFF favorite Eilen Jewell. Tickets for Eilen Jewell are available at Paulina Springs in Sisters and Redmond and FootZone of Bend. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and shows start at 6:30 p.m. Low-back chairs and blankets are requested. Sisters Art Works is located at 204 W. Adams Ave.
Through the Sisters Americana Project and community volunteers, this latest and largest outdoor concert venue received over 300 square feet of fresh sod, two swales decorated with pine trees and wildflowers and a pine fence lined with young aspen trees.
For more information e-mail: info@sistersfolkfestival
.org or call the office at 541-549-4979.

Classic car show coming to Redmond
The 18th annual Drifter’s Car Club Harvest Run will be held on Aug. 19 and 20. Close to 200 vehicles, including classic and antique autos and hot rods, customs and more will be on display for everyone to enjoy.
The show will be held in downtown Redmond in the vicinity of Centennial Park.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, and will feature a barbecue, Cruise-In, rock ’n’ roll oldies by popular DJ Duke Edwards, dancing and more. An unsanctioned cruise through downtown Redmond, beginning at approximately 8 p.m., will round out the evening.
The Run continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, with a Show and Shine, music, Gravity Grand Prix, Poker Walk, a raffle with the opportunity to win fabulous prizes, kids games, and much more. Spectator admission both days is free. There is a nominal fee to enter the car show.
The Drifter’s Harvest Run is a benefit for Make A Wish Foundation of Oregon, Hospice of Redmond and Sisters and Sparrow clubs. All of the profits will be donated to these groups.
For more information and to obtain an entry form for this event contact Jim Larsen at 541-548-6329.

Get help learning Spanish or English
Help is available to those wanting to learn or practice their Spanish or English language skills.
A group meets Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Green Plow Coffee Roasters, 436 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond.

Literary festival  lineup announced
The Nature of Words has announced the guest authors who will be featured at its 2011 literary festival, Nov. 2-6, in Bend.
The lineup includes a novelist and a poet whose works reflect their mixed race and cultures, an icon of the Western literary landscape, and a memoirist whose account of his unconventional childhood is laugh-out-loud funny and brutally honest.
The five-day November festival offers two nights of guest author readings and book signings in the Tower Theatre, two days of workshops, lectures and presentations on the OSU-Cascades and Central Oregon Community College campuses, a gala author dinner with a keynote speaker and brief author readings, and an Open Mic for workshop participants and the community. The festival begins with the Rising Star Creative Writing Competition Awards Ceremony, honoring emerging writers ages 15 and greater.
William Kittredge will receive the 2011 Caldera Special Recognition Award at the festival.
Meet the 2011 guest authors:
Augusten Burroughs’ hilarious and caustic memoir about his unconventional childhood, “Running With Scissors,” was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three consecutive years. His subsequent title, “Dry,” about his battles with addiction, is also funny, brutally candid and inspiring.
Heidi Durrow grew up as a child of two cultures and languages: an African-American enlisted Air Force man and a white Danish woman. Her debut novel, “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky,” received Barbara Kingsolver’s 2008 Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change, and was named one of the best novels of 2010 by the Washington Post, a Top 10 Book of 2010 by The Oregonian, and a Top 10 Debut of 2010 by Booklist.
William Kittredge, a renowned Western writer, is the recipient of The Nature of Words’ 2011 Caldera Special Recognition Award. He grew up on the cattle ranch his grandfather built in southeastern Oregon’s Lake County, the setting for his memoir, “Hole in the Sky.”
Nancy Mairs was born in Long Beach, Calif., and grew up north of Boston. She is one of the most highly respected writers of literary nonfiction and the personal essay. Mairs has taught writing and literature at the University of Arizona, and the University of California at Los Angeles. Mairs was awarded the 1984 Western States Book Award in poetry for “In All the Rooms of the Yellow House.” Mairs’ spiritual autobiography is titled “Remembering the Bones.”
Seth Mnookin is an award-winning journalist and author. His most recent book, “The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear,” uses a combination of investigative reporting, intellectual and scientific history, and sociological analysis to explore the controversies over vaccines and their rumored connection to developmental disorders. He is also the author of the 2006 New York Times best seller about the rise of the Boston Red Sox, “Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top.”
Aimée Nezhukumatathil was born in Chicago to a Filipina mother and a father from South India. She is the author of three poetry collections: “Lucky Fish,” winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; “At The Drive-In Volcano,” winner of the Balcones Prize; and “Miracle Fruit,” winner of the Tupelo Press Prize, ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, and the Global Filipino Award.
Keith Scribner has worked as a carpenter, a merchant marine, and a Boston cabbie. He’s lived in Japan, Turkey, and France, and has traveled widely. His third novel, “The Oregon Experiment,” was released in June 2011. His two previous novels are “The Good Life,” a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and “Miracle Girl.”
Mark Spragg is the author of “Where Rivers Change Direction,” a memoir that won the 2000 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers award, and the novels, “The Fruit of Stone,” “An Unfinished Life,” and in 2010, “Bone Fire.” All four were top-ten Book Sense selections and “An Unfinished Life” was chosen by the Rocky Mountain News as the Best Book of 2004.
Kevin Young is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation. The author of six books of poems, and editor of five others, Young’s work has been frequently featured in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Kenyon Review. He often finds meaning and inspiration in African American music, particularly the blues, as well as in the complexities of American history and heartbreak.
For more information, visit www.thenatureofwords.org, call 541-647-2233 or email info@thenatureofwords.org. In Bend, visit NOW’s literary arts center at 224 N.W. Oregon Ave.

Obituaries

Heather S. Eggleston September 14, 1935 - July 15, 2011
Heather S. Eggleston of Redmond, died in Bend on Friday, July 15, 2011. She was born to parents, Robert A. and Blanche Mae (Goodwin) Scott in Wallace, Idaho, on September 14, 1935.
On June 11, 1955 in Seattle, WA., she was united in marriage to Paul Eggleston and he survives her at the family home in Redmond. They came to Redmond in 1970. Heather has been very active in the community; among things she was involved in Start Here Preschool, Redmond Friends of the Library, Redmond Library Commission, Cascade Child Center, Deschutes Co. Historical Society, and Oregon Assoc. for the Education of Young Children. In 2009 she was named Citizen of the Year for the Redmond Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the Unitarian Church.
Also surviving Heather are her daughters, Janet Reid of New York, NY; Cynthia (Tim) Larkin of Redmond, and Sarah (John) Prell of Portland. Her sister Roberta S. Lechner lives in Methow, WA. There are 6 grandchildren. She is preceeded in death by daughter Kathryne Eggleston in August 1993 and her parents.
Memorials may be sent in Heather’s name to: Humane Society of Redmond, Salvation Army Shelter, St. Vincent de Paul Community Food Program in care of St. Thomas Catholic Church and Partners in Care of Bend.
A public Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 1 p.m. at 6268 West Hwy. 126, Jeff Larkin residence. Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Lee Johnson, of Redmond
Sept. 20, 1954 - July 12, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond
541-504-9485; http://www.autumnfunerals.net/
Per Michael's request, no services will be held.

July 12, 2011

Enter your creations in the Fair!!

The clock is ticking but it’s not too late to consider entering something in the Open Class division for the 2011 Deschutes County Fair, Aug. 3-7.
Participants can earn cash, but best of all are the bragging rights that come with pretty red, white and blue ribbons. And children 12 and under can earn a wristband for free admission to the fair – all week – if they enter something in any of the applicable Open Class departments.
Premiums, or cash awards, are modest – typically $3-$5 – and entries have to be brought to the fairgrounds at specific times, but most fairgoers don’t seem to mind.
Newbies should start with the “premium book,” a 32-page bible listing all the possible categories for entries, along with submission rules and contact information for individual department superintendents, if you need more information. Copies are available online or at Redmond Chamber of Commerce, Les Schwab Tires or the fair office.
Outside the obvious animal categories, entrants can choose from any number of possible items to enter, including but not limited to: fresh grown/raised products such as fruit, vegetables, flowers or eggs; beer, wine or cheese making; baked goods and preserved food; table decorating, needlecrafts; fine arts including painting and photography; painted china and leather work.
All of the above have sections for teens and seniors and many have categories for children. Kids Corner is a division especially for artists ages 0-12.
Some departments have special awards, such as the Marvin Young Memorial Award for tallest sunflower or a People’s Choice Award in Clothing and Textiles. Most departments have a Best of Theme Award (this year it’s “Country Nights & Carnival Lights”) and Land Products has a special award for vegetable monstrosities.
Preregistration is recommended to save time on drop-off day, forms are available online and at the office, 3800 S.W. Airport Way.
 
Registration deadlines
Online/mail entries July 24
Walk-in entries accepted until department drop-off day
www.expo.deschutes.org
 
 Entry drop-off days
July 30: Kids Corner (10 a.m.-3 p.m.); Food Preservation, Clothing & Fiber Arts, Handcrafts, Ceramics, Fine Arts, Photography (1-6 p.m.)
Aug. 1: Baked Goods (1-6 p.m.)
Aug. 2: Floral and Land Products (12-6 p.m.)

Event calendar

7/13 Wednesday
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
SCHOOL BOARD: Redmond School Board meeting; public welcome; 1 p.m. work session and special meeting; 5:30 regular meeting, 145 S.E. Salmon Ave.; agenda at www.redmond.k12.or.us.
FIRE DISTRICT: Redmond Fire and Rescue board meeting, public welcome; 7 p.m.; 341 N.W. Dogwood Ave.; 541-504-5000.
 MUSIC ON THE GREEN: Featuring country music by the Brian Hanson Band; food vendors available; free; 6-7:30 p.m.; Sam Johnson Park, Southwest 15th Street, Redmond; 541-923-5191 or redmondsummerconcerts.com.

7/14 Thursday
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
CITY/COUNTY: Joint Redmond City Council and Deschutes County Commission workshop; public welcome; 7 a.m.; 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
CITY PARKS: Open house for comments on Redmond’s Dry Canyon Master Plan, 6 p.m.; city hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.; see plans at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
 GOOD CHAIR, GREAT BOOKS: Read and discuss “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver; bring a lunch; free; noon; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055 or www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.
MUNCH & MUSIC: Event includes a performance by bluesman Curtis Salgado, food and arts and crafts booths, children’s area and more; dogs prohibited; free; 5:30 p.m.; Drake Park, 777 N.W. Riverside Blvd., Bend; www.munchandmusic.com.

7/15 Friday
THE ART OF HENNA: Redmond Library Teen Program, with local artist Ruth Longstroth. Free, all materials supplied. Space is limited. For grades 6-12. Register at www.deschuteslibrary.org or call 541-312-1055; 2-4 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
REDMOND FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Vendors sell a selection of produce, cheese, breads, coffee, meat, eggs, poultry and more; free admission; 3-7 p.m.; Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. U.S. Highway 97; 541-604-5156 or redmondfridaymarket@gmail.com.

7/16 Saturday
ANTIQUES IN THE PARK: Vendors sell antiques, with live music and a barbecue; proceeds benefit Sisters Habitat for Humanity; free admission; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Creekside Park, U.S. Highway 20 and Jefferson Avenue, Sisters; 541-549-8905.
 MUDSPRINGS GOSPEL BAND: The gospel choir performs; with a spaghetti dinner; proceeds benefit Women’s Ministries; $10, $30 per family, or $5 concert only; 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. concert; Mountain View Fellowship Church, 1475 S.W. 35th St., Redmond; 541-923-4979.

7/17 Sunday
ANTIQUES IN THE PARK: Vendors sell antiques, with live music and a barbecue; proceeds benefit Sisters Habitat for Humanity; free admission; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Creekside Park, U.S. Highway 20 and Jefferson Avenue, Sisters; 541-549-8905.
SUMMER SUNDAY CONCERT: The Americana/folk act The Greencards performs; free; 2:30 p.m.; Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend; 541-322-9383 or http://www.bendconcerts.com/.

7/19 Tuesday
REDMOND FARMERS MARKET: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Centennial Park, Seventh Street and Evergreen Avenue; 541-550-0066 or www.localharvest.org/redmond-farmers-market-M31522.
PUBLIC ART: Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places meeting, public welcome; 4:30 p.m.; city hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
ADVENTURE CORPS: Weekly Creative Program for ages 6-11. Tour the world through stories, games and crafts; 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
PLANNING COMMISSION: Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission meeting, public welcome; 7 p.m.; city hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
TUESDAY MARKET AT EAGLE CREST: Free admission; 2-6 p.m.; Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-633-9637 or info@sustainableflame.com.

7/20 Wednesday
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3-5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
MUSIC IN THE CANYON: DSP Band performs. Local guitar hero David Miller and his merry band of rockers mix original and classic rock. Food vendors available; 5:30-8 p.m.; Redmond Rotary Arts Pavilion, American Legion Park, 850 S.W. Rimrock Way; 541-504-6878.

7/21 Thursday
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
TEEN THURSDAY, GAME DAY: Video and board games. Snacks provided. Grades 6-12. Third Thursday of each month is teen day; 2-4 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
MUNCH & MUSIC: Event includes a performance by reggae act Rootz Underground, food and arts and crafts booths, children’s area and more; dogs prohibited; free; 5:30 p.m.; Drake Park, 777 N.W. Riverside Blvd., Bend; www.munchandmusic.com.

7/22 Friday
REDMOND FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Vendors sell a selection of produce, cheese, breads, coffee, meat, eggs, poultry and more; free admission; 3-7 p.m.; Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. U.S. Highway 97; 541-604-5156 or redmondfridaymarket@gmail.com.
MUSIC IN THE CANYON: Lewi Longmire Band from Portland performs Americana music. Food vendors available; 5:30-8 p.m.; Redmond Rotary Arts Pavilion, American Legion Park, 850 S.W. Rimrock Way; 541-504-6878.
AUTHOR PRESENTATION: Kim McCarrel talks about her book “More Oregon Trails and Horse Camps,” with a slide show; free; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491.
MISTY MAMAS: The bluegrass act performs during the Wild Trails Horse Expo; $12 in advance, $15 at the door; 7 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m.; Brasada Ranch, 16986 S.W. Brasada Ranch Road, Powell Butte; 541-447-8165 or www.wildtrailshorseexpo.com.

7/23 Saturday
SISTERS ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Featuring arts, crafts, food, entertainment, a classic car cruise-in and a silent auction; proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon; free; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Creekside Park, U.S. Highway 20 and Jefferson Avenue; 541-549-8905.
PINK MARTINI: The cosmopolitan pop band performs; $33 or $63 reserved, plus fees; 6:30 p.m., doors open 5 p.m.; Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend; 541-318-5457 or www.bendconcerts.com.
STAND UP AGAINST HUNGER: A comedy show featuring comedians from ComedyCore of Bend; proceeds benefit NeighborImpact’s food bank; $23; 8-10 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.

Cow horse show
See top riders in a variety of classes at the Summer Showdown Cow Horse Show, July 13-17;  food and beverages available; free; 8 a.m.; Brasada Ranch, 16986 S.W. Brasada Ranch Road, Powell Butte; 425-226-6376 or www.nwrcha.com

Troubleshoot your computer
Central Oregon Community College’s Continuing Education department will offer a hands-on computer class on two Wednesdays, July 20 and 27. The class will teach students how to clean up, troubleshoot and diagnose software and security problems that slow down and sometimes damage computers.
To register call 541-383-7270 or e-mail ceinfo@cocc.edu. Class meets from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost $59 .
Browse a complete catalog of community learning opportunities at http://noncredit.cocc.edu.

Flavored oil/vinegar workshop
Oregon State University Master Food Preservers will help you discover safe preparation, storage and uses of flavored oils and vinegars at a workshop on Thursday, July 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the OSU Extension Office in Redmond. There will also be a display of gift ideas using these products.
The class is $15. Participants can bring a glass bottle and lid that holds a pint or less if they want to take a sample home. Class size is limited. Call 541-548-6088 or e-mail glenda.hyde@oregonstate.edu by July 19 to register.

Owls at Sunriver Nature Center
Owl Prowl continues this month on Wednesday and Friday nights at the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory. Join a naturalist from 8 to 9 p.m. for the popular program exploring for animals of the night. Meet a real owl and take a short hike on a nature trail. It’s fun for the whole family.
Registration is required by 5 p.m. the day of the walk. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children (ages 2-12). SNCO Members free. Call 541-593-4394.

Summer baseball field trip
Redmond Area Park and Recreation District offers a field trip to a Bend Elks baseball game for ages 9-16 on Tuesday, July 26.
The field trip runs from 3 to 7 p.m. and includes staff supervision, transportation, admission, drink, snow cone and a hotdog. Transportation is provided from the RAPRD Activity Center. Cost is $13.
For a full listing of events, workshops and sports camps, visit www.raprd.org.

Storytime blends with yoga
“Yoga Stories” for children ages 3-11 will be offered at area libraries this summer as part of the summer reading program, “One World, Many Stories.” The Redmond Library will offer the class on July 20 at 2 p.m., free of charge.
Tami Hatfield, a yoga instructor for two years, will be teaching the yoga poses that interpret the story that she tells. Hatfield is certified to teach Radiant Child Yoga, based off Kundalini Yoga.
Children ages 3-11 and their parents are welcome at this free program. More information about library events can be found at http://www.deschuteslibrary.org/events.

SMART art contest
There are many ways to help keep your child’s brain active during the lazy days of summer. SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) will help by offering its first-ever children’s art contest. SMART invites children of all ages to create original works of art, inspired by a book they have read over the summer. Art contest submissions will be judged by a panel later this summer. Winning submissions will be auctioned at SMART’s fundraising event on Sept. 29, at Aspen Hall in Bend. Winning artists will receive a cash prize and will be invited to the event. The deadline for art submissions is Sept. 12.
Complete guidelines can be found at www.getsmartoregon.org or call 541-355-5600 for more information.

Obituaries

William “Bill” Martin Shive
December 4, 1946 - June 28, 2011
William Martin Shive of Redmond, OR, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in the company of his good friend, Bill Brawley. He was born in Le Mars, Iowa to Neil M. and Lou C. Shive.
The family moved to Redmond, Oregon in 1954, where Bill attended grade school and graduated from Redmond Union High School. Following high school, Bill attended Pacific Lutheran University for one year, he then joined the US Army and completed communication school at Ft. Gordon, Georgia; he then served in Germany and The Republic of Vietnam. While serving in Vietnam, he was injured and medically discharged and retired. He then attended Southern Oregon College and received a bachelor degree in sociology.
His work life included time in furniture manufacturing in Portland, Ore., operation of his own landscape business, work at the Central Oregon Opportunity Center, several years in production at Pozzi Windows, and concluding his work life as a Real Estate Broker.
He was proudest of his work at the Opportunity Center and volunteer work as a mediator.
Bill is survived by his wife, Mary Shive and son, Kyler Shive and his wife, Linda of Bend, OR; grandsons, Evin and William Shive and Jordan and Zachary Nance; his mother, Lou Shive and brother, Bob Shive, both of Bend.
In his last months, Bill requested books by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Douglas Adams and may be best described in a quote from Adams, “He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was difficult to tell which was which.”
Memorial service with Military Honors will be held July 16, 2011, at The VFW Hall on Veterans Way in Redmond at 10:30 a.m, lunch will be provided. Memorial contributions may be made to the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon.

Kirby Dallas Nagelhout, of Redmond
Nov. 17, 1955 - July 2, 2011
Arrangements: Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home
541-382-2471; http://www.niswonger-reynolds.com/
Services: A celebration of life at a later date. Grave side service private.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care Hospice House, Grandmas House, Deschutes County Children's Foundation, all in Bend, Oregon.

Hugh Wayne Alsworth, of Crooked River Ranch
Mar. 14, 1923 - April 20, 2011
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend
541-382-0903; http://www.bairdmortuaries.com/
Services: An urn committal service with military honors was held  July 9, 2011 at Columbian
Pioneer Cemetery in Portland.

Delbert Oliver Walkley, of Redmond
June 17, 1917 - July 5, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond
541-504-9485; http://www.autumnfunerals.net/
No services are planned.
Contributions may be made to Redmond-Sisters Hospice, 732 SW 23rd, Redmond, OR 97756.

Theresa Maureen Jones, of Redmond
Feb. 2, 1958 - July 3, 2011
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend
541-382-0903; http://www.bairdmortuaries.com/
Services: A private celebration of Theresa's life will take place at a later date.

Katherine Vivian Parlette, of Redmond
Mar. 30, 1950 - July 3, 2011
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
541-548-3219
Please sign our guestbook; http://www.redmondmemorial.com/
Services: A family memorial is planned for a later date.

Eleanor Elaine Powell McGarrah
April 29, 1936 - July 2, 2011
Eleanor McGarrah was born April 29, 1936, in Vernonia, Oregon, to Frank and Ethyl Powell. She was married to Emil Pearson Sr. for eight years before marrying Cosby McGarrah in 1971. He died in 1995.
Eleanor lived in Redmond since 1972. She worked as a custodian for the Redmond School District for 13 years. She enjoyed being a mother and spending time with family. She also enjoyed camping, cooking, dancing, traveling, and embroidery.
She is survived by her mother, Ethyl Powell of Redmond; daughter, Gail Davidson of Redmond; son, Emil Pearson of Redmond; daughter, Linda Boone of Nevada; companion, Robert Lancaster of Redmond; step-son, Ricky McGarrah of Redmond; step-daughter, Kay Hatter of Crescent City, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father; her husband; brother, Edgar
Powell; and sister, Marlene Powell.
A Celebration of Life and potluck will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 1727 N.W. Davidson Way, Terrebonne, Oregon.
Please sign the online guestbook at http://www.redmondmemorial.com/

July 5, 2011

Event calendar

7/6 Wednesday
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
MUSIC IN THE CANYON: The Stunt Poets perform finely tuned rock and roll from all over the Northwest and mix it up with music, poetry and stunts; 5:30-8 p.m.; Redmond Rotary Arts Pavilion, American Legion Park, 850 S.W. Rimrock Way; 541-504-6878.
7/7 Thursday
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
LIBRARY ART COMMITTEE MEETING: Features the works of local artists. First Thursday of each month. New members always welcome; 5-6 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1064.
MUNCH & MUSIC: Event includes a performance by funk/soul act Tracorum, food and arts and crafts booths, children’s area and more; dogs prohibited; free; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Drake Park, 777 N.W. Riverside Blvd., Bend; www.munchandmusic.com.
7/8 Friday
REDMOND FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Vendors sell a selection of produce, cheese, breads, coffee, meat, eggs, poultry and more; free admission; 3-7 p.m.; Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. U.S. Highway 97; 541-604-5156 or redmondfridaymarket@gmail.com.
ARt aROUND THE CLOCK: Outdoor art gallery opening; downtown Redmond and Centennial Park; musc, food, wine; 5-8 p.m.; 541-923-7763.

7/9 Saturday
SUNRISE SUMMER CLASSIC: 5K, 10K and half-marathon races, with a kids rock race; registration required; proceeds benefit the Redmond Parks Foundation, I Run for Eva Trust Fund and FISH Food Pantry; $25-$40; 7 a.m.; Smith Rock State Park, 9241 N.E. Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne; 541-548-7501 or www.smithrockrace.com.
ALISON KRAUSS & UNION STATION: The Grammy-winning country act performs, with Jerry Douglas; $39, $62 reserved, plus fees; 6:30 p.m., doors open 5 p.m.; Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend; 541-318-5457 or www.bendconcerts.com.

7/11 Monday
DOWNTOWN: Redmond Urban Renewal Advisory Committee; 5 p.m.; public welcome; city hall, conference room A, 716 SW Evergreen Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

7/12 Tuesday
REDMOND FARMERS MARKET: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Centennial Park, Seventh Street and Evergreen Avenue; 541-550-0066 or www.localharvest.org/redmond-farmers-market-M31522.
REDMOND CITY COUNCIL: 6:45 a.m. and 7 p.m.; public welcome, council chambers, 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
ADVENTURE CORPS: Weekly Creative Program for ages 6-11. Tour the world through stories, games and crafts; 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
TUESDAY MARKET AT EAGLE CREST: Free admission; 2-6 p.m.; Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-633-9637 or info@sustainableflame.com.

7/13 Wednesday
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
MUSIC ON THE GREEN: Featuring country music by the Brian Hanson Band; food vendors available; free; 6-7:30 p.m.; Sam Johnson Park, Southwest 15th Street, Redmond; 541-923-5191 or redmondsummerconcerts.com.
RAPRD: board of directors meeting; 6:45 a.m.; public welcome; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way; agenda at www.raprd.org.
SCHOOL BOARD: Redmond School District; 5:30 p.m.; public welcome; district office, 145 S.E. Salmon Ave.; agenda at www.redmond.k12.or.us.
fire distRICT: Redmond Fire and Rescue board of directors; 7 p.m.; public welcome; 341 N.W. Dogwood Ave.; information at 541-505-5000.

7/14 Thursday
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.

7/15 Friday
REDMOND FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Vendors sell a selection of produce, cheese, breads, coffee, meat, eggs, poultry and more; free admission; 3-7 p.m.; Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. U.S. Highway 97; 541-604-5156 or redmondfridaymarket@gmail.com.

7/19 Tuesday
REDMOND FARMERS MARKET: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Centennial Park, Seventh Street and Evergreen Avenue; 541-550-0066 or www.localharvest.org/redmond-farmers-market-M31522.
ADVENTURE CORPS: Weekly Creative Program for ages 6-11. Tour the world through stories, games and crafts; 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050
TUESDAY MARKET AT EAGLE CREST: Free admission; 2-6 p.m.; Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-633-9637 or info@sustainableflame.com.

Get early-bird pricing for Sisters folk fest
Sisters Folk Festival Inc.  has announced a new pre-sale ticket offer for this year’s festival.
Ticket buyers who take advantage of early-bird pricing, available through July 31, will automatically be included in a drawing to be held during the festival. The winner of the drawing will receive a package containing: 2011 festival T-shirt,  blanket,  Hydro Flask water bottle, 2011  poster, two all-event passes to the 2012 Sisters Folk Festival, and two tickets to the 2011 Winter Concert Series show of his or her choice.
Festival goers who have already purchased tickets will be included in the drawing.
The all-event pass includes entry to all performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Early-bird passes are available for $85 through July 31, then the price increases to $95.
This year’s lineup features the world-class talents of Dave Alvin, Steve Forbert, Mary Gauthier, Willy Porter, Chatham County Line, Tony Furtado, Anais Mitchell, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Hoots & Hellmouth, Cow Bop, JT & the Clouds, Johnsmith, Dala, Matt the Electrician, Thad Beckman Band, Nathaniel Talbot Band, Sweet Talk Radio, Willie Carmichael, Heroes of Telemark, Laura Curtis and more.
To catch the early-bird passes before they’re gone, visit www.sistersfolkfestival.org or call the office at 541-549-4979. You can also e-mail info@sistersfolkfestival.org with any questions.
For additional updates visit Sisters Folk Festival’s newly redesigned Facebook and Twitter pages.

Hear swing music at the Riverhouse
The Riverhouse in Bend invites you to put on your dancin’ shoes and join in the fun every second and fourth Sunday of the month. Swing Sundays with Betty Berger Big Band are scheduled for: July 10, 24, Aug. 14, 28, Sept. 11, 25, Oct. 9, 23, Nov. 13, 27, and Dec. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.
There is a $7 cover charge per person. Crossings dinner and lounge menus will be available throughout the evening.
Please call 541-389-8810 for dinner reservations in the Crossings lounge on Big Band Sundays, so you can be accommodated.

Learn about assorted health topics at SCMC
St. Charles Family Care in Redmond is offering activities to help you and your family stay healthy this summer.
July 11-15 is mental health week, with an introduction to Dr. Kim Swanson.
July 18-22 is activities week. Learn where to hike and bike in Central Oregon and myths about exercise and eating healthy.
July 25-29 is diabetes week, with free glucose testing and seminars.
In addition, on July 16 there will be a bike/walk through the Dry Canyon; a Dry Canyon wildlife trek July 23; and a Smith Rock hike Aug. 27.
St. Charles Family Care is located at 211 N.W. Larch Ave. For more information call 541-548-2164.

Parent orientation for sports leagues
Redmond Area Park and Recreation District reminds parents that PAYS (Parent Association for Youth Sports) Orientation is required for parents of every sports league participant to complete prior to registration.
This 45-minute orientation is designed to educate and motivate parents to create a youth sports environment that is safe, positive, meaningful and fun for all involved. PAYS training is good for two years.
RAPRD offers free orientation. One will be offered Thursday, July 14, at 6:45 p.m. at the RAPRD Activity Center. If unable to make one of the classes, PAYS  is available online for a $6 charge at http://paysonline.nays.org.
NAYS (National Associates for Youth Sports) Coach’s Clinic is required for all coaches. This coach’s clinic is for Pre-K to fourth grade.
All coaches are required to fill out a coach’s volunteer form and consent to a background check. This is a free clinic.
Sign up by calling 541-548-7275, fax to 541-548-6067, or visit www.raprd.org for more information.
RAPRD has much to offer in the way of indoor and outdoor activities this summer.
Take the family on a day hike, enroll in a dance or swim class, learn a new sport, spend a day at KAH-NEE-TA, brush up on your babysitting skills and more.
541-548-7275, www.raprd.org.
The registration deadline to sign up to be a part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of The Secret Garden is July 8.
Auditions will be held Aug. 8 for children in grades one through 12, and two performances will take place on Saturday, Aug. 13. Four assistant directors are needed, ages 12-18. There is no fee to participate. Contact RAPRD at 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org for more information.